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Anime Hero of the Month – Suigintou

I love Rozen Maiden.

You don’t understand.

love Rozen Maiden.

It is one of my favorite anime of all time. I love every character, I love the story line and I love the art for it. The question should be, why Suigintou and not Shinku? After all, Suigintou establishes herself as a villain at every twist and turn. So why should she claim the title “hero” for this month?

Well, you could theorize that because I love everything gothic, I see her as a beautiful angel (which I do but that’s not the point), but I actually interpreted her position in Rozen Maiden much differently than what I think the audience was intended to see. So without further ado, let me explain why I see Suigintou as a confused, demented hero for this month!

Suigintou 2.gifFirstly, I’ve never really seen her as a bad guy. I’ve always just sort of seen her as a sister? In a sense, she’s just always given me a vibe that she’s been unwanted and unloved. I think her character design has always been that she is desperate to be loved and, in return, give love. But due to the obvious damage, she can’t exactly give love nor accept it from anyone else but her father (take her and Megu as an example).

The Rozen dolls are always perceived as children, firstly, with each child holding different positions and reactions to things. None of them are alike and none of them approach their issues in the same manner. I think it’s because of this we see Suigintou as sort of a bratty child with no self control, but consider that it may have to do with the fact that she was left unfinished by Rozen. When I saw that scene, a lot of things came into place.

Shinku's_Brooch.gifWhat it told me was that so far in the series, Suigintou had been considered “reckless” and a danger to the other dolls, as well as herself. I won’t deny that the danger part was most definitely true, but the reality is she is probably the most loyal and obedient doll out of them all. Her goal is to become Alice, and that’s exactly what she was built to do. She’s ambitious in doing the work Rozen created her for. Whether or not that’s right (it’s not) is up for debate (it’s still not).

Her temperament and drive really does stem from that insecurity of not being finished and wanting her “father” to love her. #DaddyIssues, sure, but it’s literally how she was built. She didn’t even have a Rozen Mystica, she just loved so passionately that she moved around without even having a torso. It might not always excuse her behavior, but I feel it’s something to consider when analyzing this character.

tumblr_m48ffhupkd1qbvovho1_500More to the point, why is she a hero? Well, I think of the scenes where she is in the hospital with Megu. She could use her so much more, but she doesn’t really. And I noticed, throughout the series, that she was always very considerate towards Megu and her health, regardless of whether or not she was spiteful when she showed it.

Is Suigintou a tsundere on steroids? Probably. But I think she’s a hero because she’s such a great character and she has qualities about her that make her one. Sure, she is unfinished, broken and has a horribly warped version of reality, but I find these to be things done to her versus things she’s done. I think, at the end of the day, she’s trying to be the hero the only way she knows how. Despite normally doing the wrong thing, she still does care, like when it comes to Megu. I think the real villain of Rozen Maiden was really just Rozen. I mean, seriously, who even does that? He’s a sadist. Cannon.

But regardless of my thoughts on Rozen, I still feel that if he won’t give her the love she deserves, this blogger will! And that, my friends, is why Suigintou is our Anime Hero of the Month!

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Anime Hero of the Month – Osamu Dazai

 

Alright, and here we go again! Time for another anime hero that has made our hearts soar like a majestic freaking eagle. And who is the amazing character this month? No other than the gorgeous Dazai.

Guys, I’m sure you all saw this one coming. I’ve been hinting, quite viciously, on my twitter just how much I love Bungo Stray Dogs. Dazai is, quite frankly, the love of my life. Everything about him is simply the best. The fact that he embodies everything I feel about my college life has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Absolutely nothing.

Actually, that is a lie. So instead of a typical Anime Hero of the Month, I will instead tell you exactly why Dazai is any college student, ever.

#1: The Want of Death’s Cold Embrace…

Dazai 1.gifIf you’re in college, or maybe even late into your high school years, you’ve probably felt this need too. There’s just so much going on, so many papers to right, work and scholarships breathing down your neck… It’s all just far too much! And with so much life still in us, it’s so unnerving to think of what the future will hold. What’s going to happen tomorrow? Am I going to fail that exam? Will I meet the love of my life? Will there ever really be a second season of Ouran Host Club?

But don’t worry guys, Dazai gets it. His love for death is something I think we all relate to more than we’d like to admit. Because wanting to tango with the dark lady herself isn’t as sad nor as dramatic as everyone likes to make it out to be. Sometimes, we embrace it with a smile and for no real known reason; much like Dazai. I’m not sure why Dazai wants to die, or why it has to be with a beautiful woman at his side, but I’ll have what he’s having!

#2: Bugging Your Bestie!

Dazai 6.gifI relate to this the most. I love to bother my best friends at random times in the day just to make them smile… Or sometimes to beg them to help me with a project… tumblr_m9gckikmxf1qzckow.gif Shout out to my Black Moor crew… But it’s not always the way you make it out to be! Sometimes you just need a friend. And most of the time, you believe in that friend.

Dazai does this a lot. Whether he’s bugging his partner or just showing up to mess around with Atsushi, you always get the sense that he genuinely cares about the person he’s with. I always got the sense that he loved to pester his friends with his quirky personality. If it wasn’t to make them smile, it surely made me!

#3: Handling Things Like an Adult. 

Dazai 4.gifYou know exactly what I mean. When in doubt, we peoples over the age of eighteen know exactly how to handle every difficult situation thrown at us! I’m telling you, there’s just something about reaching that magical age where you just know everything. It’s like the crystal skulls from Indiana Jones… So much knowledge… Your brain just sort of swells inside… Growing…

Ok, I’m lying. I myself cry when even a slightly difficult problem arises in my daily life.tumblr_m9gcvqToXY1qzckow.gif Don’t judge, we all handle things differently! And Dazai proves that quite a bit, actually. I loved anytime Dazai decided he was going to solve something. Especially in the beginning of the series where he and Kunikida played rock, paper, scissors to make a decision. Definitely something one of my friends and I would do together.

#4: Just Not Dealing With It. 

Dazai 2.gifYou know when you’re just done with something? When you’ve beaten the dead horse over and over? And you’re just done? Or maybe you just zone out long enough and when you come back to reality you’re like “oh”? That’s Dazai. Particularly when he disappears and his interactions with most people from the Port Mafia, I just get the feeling that he wasn’t really having it. Like most college students at the end of a semester.

But that doesn’t mean that he ever gives up! Well, other than the constant threats of merry suicide… Dazai always seems to fight on, as I think we all should! Which is what I think we can all take away from this Anime Hero of the Month. I really love this character for more than just his looks or witty humor. I also love the fact that he’s always looking out for his friends and pushing forward to make everyone stronger.

And that is why Dazai is not only a college student, as I hope I’ve proven in my 4 points, but also our Anime Hero of the Month!

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Who was your anime hero this month? Post it in the comment section below or whisper it into your lover’s ear as they sleep!